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63 Countries Fight for Best Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

17 October 2011 2:36 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From Albania to Vietnam, 63 countries are hoping that their film entry will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Five slots, 63 countries, the competition is fierce! Is your country of choice one of the 63 hopefuls?

I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has an entry, the dramedy "The Woman in the Septic Tank" from director Marlon N. Rivera. Released in the Philippines on August 3rd, the film became the highest grossing independent movie in my country's cinema history. So keeping my fingers crossed for this movie!

The shortlist will be released in January and then it will be whittled down to five contenders when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The winner will be announced on Oscar night on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Take a look at the complete list of Best Foreign Language hopefuls:

Albania, "Amnesty, »

- Manny

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Film News: ‘Le Havre’ is Top Film at 2011 Chicago International Film Festival

16 October 2011 5:45 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 2011 47th Annual Chicago International Film Festival and Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director, announced the competition award winners at a ceremony in the new Public Chicago Hotel on October 14th. The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to “Le Havre,” from France.

Kutza made the announcements along with Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, Programmers Lee Ferdinand and Penny Bartlett, plus Competitions Coordinator Alex Kopecky. The Public Chicago is the former Ambassador East Hotel, redesigned by hotelier Ian Schrager, and recently had its grand opening. The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery. An additional awards category in 2011 is the “After Dark Competition,” honoring the scary films from around the world.

International Feature Film Competition

Le Havre

Photo Credit: © Chicago International Film Festival

The Gold Hugo for Best Film: “Le Havre” (Finland/France), directed by Aki Kaurismaki

The Silver Hugo: “Cairo »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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63 Countries Submit Films for Final List of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

14 October 2011 10:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday the Academy finally released the full list of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar contenders adding four films I did not have on my previous list from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, United Kingdom and a mysterious title I can't find anything about from Kazakhstan and now that the short list has been announced and everyone has posted the Academy's press release it's like searching for a needle in a haystack if you go looking for more information on it. That said, if anyone has a link to any information on Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's Returning to the 'A' I would love to share it as I have links and information for all other 62 films submitted for consideration. As I said in my last post addressing the category, I haven't seen any of these films, a rarity for me, but based on buzz the top contenders would seem to include Zhang Yimou's The War of Flowers, »

- Brad Brevet

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Oscar 2012: 63 Best Foreign Language Film Submissions

13 October 2011 3:29 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Oscar 2012: New Zealand/First Samoan Feature Among Best Foreign Language Film Contenders Albania, Amnesty, Bujar Alimani, director; Argentina, Aballay, Fernando Spiner, director; Austria, Breathing, Karl Markovics, director; Belgium, Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belvedere, Ahmed Imamovic, director; Brazil, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, José Padilha, director; Bulgaria, Tilt, Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director; Canada, Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, director; Chile, Violeta Went to Heaven, Andrés Wood, director; China, The Flowers of War, Zhang Yimou, director; Colombia, The Colors of the Mountain, Carlos César Arbeláez, director; Croatia, 72 Days, Danilo Serbedzija, director; Cuba, Havanastation, Ian Padrón, director; Czech Republic, Alois Nebel, Tomás Lunák, director; Denmark, Superclásico, Ole Christian Madsen, director; Dominican Republic, Love Child, Leticia Tonos, director; Egypt, Lust, Khaled el Hagar, director; Estonia, Letters to Angel, Sulev Keedus, director; Finland, Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, director; France, Declaration of War, »

- Steve Montgomery

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One of These Sixty-Three Films Will Win The Best Foreign Film Oscar

13 October 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We gave you an update a few weeks ago, but The Academy now has its final list of the 63 films competing for Best Foreign Film Oscar. This list will get cut down as films screen and the committee decides on a final five when the nominations get announced late January. The notable films include Iran’s A Separation, which we adored and China’s massive budget The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale (which isn’t even complete to my knowledge).

Mexico’s Miss Bala (read our Cannes and Vancouver reviews) and Finland’s Le Havre (our Cannes and Toronto reviews) are also contenders. Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now? is also in the mix, a drama that won the top prize at Toronto. There are many others we’ve seen at festivals, so follow that coverage here as we head into Oscar season. Check out the press release below. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar(R)

13 October 2011 1:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA - Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The 2011 submissions are:

Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;

Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director;

Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director;

Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha, director;

Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;

Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;

Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;

China, “The Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou, director;

Colombia, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos César Arbeláez, director;

Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija, director;

Cuba, “Havanastation,” Ian Padrón, director;

Czech Republic,”Alois Nebel,” Tomás Lunák, director;

Denmark, “Superclásico,” Ole Christian Madsen, director;

Dominican Republic,”Love Child,” Leticia Tonos, director;

Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled el Hagar, director;

Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus, director;

Finland, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Complete List of All 60 Films Submitted for Foreign Language Consideration at the 2012 Oscars

7 October 2011 2:04 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update: The total is now 60 films as Steve Pond at The Wrap informs us the Domenican Republic's submission La hija natural has been accepted. He also says we should expect four or five more films to be added to the list by the time things are said and done. My original post follows...

The deadline for countries to submit films for consideration at this year's Oscars was Monday, October 3 and this year's list is a little lighter than last (so far) as 60 countries have offered up submissions compared to 66 last year and 67 the year before that. Looking over the complete list, which I have included directly below and can always be viewed in my "The Contenders" section right here, there are a few that stand out based on what I've heard, but then again, this is the first year I can ever remember where I haven't seen a single one of the entries. »

- Brad Brevet

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Twilight Portrait Tops Reykjavik Film Festival

3 October 2011 5:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Angelina Nikonova's Twilight Portrait Angelina Nikonova's Russian drama Twilight Portrait was given the Reykjavik International Film Festival's Golden Puffin Discovery Award last Saturday, Oct. 1. Twilight Portrait has absolutely nothing to do with vampires or werewolves. Instead, it's a sociopolitical revenge drama set in modern-day Russia. Special jury mentions went to Andrea Segre’s Shun Li and the Poet and Joachim Trier’s psychological drama Oslo, August 31st. Runar Runarsson's family drama Volcano, Iceland's submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, received awards from the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) and the Church of Iceland. The Audience Award went to Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, Finland's submission — and a strong contender — for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Le Havre deals with the issues of immigration and xenophobia in modern Europe. The Reykjavik festival jury was led by actor Ulrich Thomsen (In a Better World, »

- Steve Montgomery

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How the Reykjavík film festival blew bigger fish out of the water

3 October 2011 4:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Iceland's annual celebration of young film-makers is local and low-key – but attracts some of the world's hottest names

Imagine how you'd feel if, for 10 days a year, some of the world's most exciting, innovative and revered film-makers descended on your small, provincial town for an enormous party. That's more or less what the Reykjavík international film festival feels like. The cinemas are tiny, there are no red carpets. The closest thing to a designer label is Gore or Berghaus. This is partly through necessity – you'd be pretty uncomfortable baring too much skin at 66 degrees north – but partly because the festival has been set up in the least pretentious way possible. It's a long way, both physically and metaphorically, from Cannes, Venice, Toronto or Berlin. Even the award is modest: the main prize on offer at the festival is the Golden Puffin.

Yet, despite all of this, the festival attracts some seriously big names. »

- Alan Evans

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The Festival du nouveau cinéma at 40 …like a vintage ruby-red wine, announces their 2011 line-up

27 September 2011 11:56 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

I will soon post a list of films I have already seen that I highly recommend as well as a list of my most anticipated films screening at this year’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema. For now here is the press release from the festival. Make sure you read carefully because there are a ton of great films to check out.

Montreal, Tuesday September 27, 2011– Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma will be celebrating its 40th edition from October 12 to 23. For the past 40 years, Canada’s oldest film festival has offered film buffs a selection of the year’s most exciting new films — a bold lineup with plenty of whimsical and surprising elements, but one that also turns its lens on social realities and the evolution of film and new technologies. Over the course of this year’s 11-day Festival, audiences of all ages can take in features and shorts, fiction films and documentaries, »

- Ricky

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Race Begins For Best Foreign-Language Oscar

24 September 2011 8:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier in the month we celebrated with Happy Happy director Anne Sewitsky when her dulcet dogme dramedy was selected as Norway’s submission for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category. Since then a bevy of other countries have chosen their entries, many of which will be screened at part of the New York Film Festival in a few weeks including: Wim Wenders’s Pina, Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote, Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation and Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala. {Look for reviews in the coming weeks here.}

Among other notable entries is China’s submission The Flowers of War, a historical drama that reveals the invasion of the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 Nanking. The film’s director Zhang Yimou has twice earned Oscar nods in this category (for Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou) and notably directed »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Oscar Update: 18 New Foreign Language Titles Including Zhang Yimou's 'Flowers of War' with Christian Bale

23 September 2011 3:56 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We are looking for upwards of 65 total submissions for Oscar's list of Foreign Language contenders and we are inching closer as I have just added 18 more titles to the list bringing the total up to 40. Today I added submissions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Peru, Slovakia, South Africa and Vietnam along with China's submission of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale.

Yimou, as I'm sure most of you know, is best known for helming House of Flying Daggers and Hero and with Flowers of War he's working from an adaptation of Geling Yan's novel "13 Flowers of Nanjing," centering on the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation's capital in 1937. Bale plays John Haufman, an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, »

- Brad Brevet

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Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma: First Wave of Films Announced

21 September 2011 10:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma has announced their line up for the films competing for the Louve d’Or, a prize of $15 000 awarded to the best film. This marks the festivals 40th year and once again the line up is stellar. If you are not familiar with the festival than now is the time to do so. I honestly think it is the best film festival I have ever been to. While Fantasia may be the most fun, the Fnc not only picks the best of Venice, Cannes and Tiff, but they don’t focus on red carpets, celebrities, nor do they overcharge for tickets. Its classy, laid back and more importantly, all about the movies. Here is the first wave of films announced.

Behold the Lamb, John Mcllduff (Royaume-Uni)

Black Blood, Miaoyan Zhang (Chine)

Blue Bird, Gust Van Den Berghe (Belgique)

Elena, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russie)

Les Géants, Bouli Lanners (Belgique)

The Island, »

- Ricky

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Gandu competes at 17th Athens International Film Festival

15 September 2011 1:07 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Qaushik Mukherjee’s Gandu (Asshole) will compete at the 17th Athens International Film Festival that opens on Thursday.

The opening film of the festival is Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist.

Around 175 titles will be presented at the festival under 15 sections. The festival will pay tribute to Japanese filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura and Dutch filmmaker Johan van der Keuken. The country in focus will be Norway.

The festival will close on September 25 with Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation.

International competition lineup:

Bellflower, dir Evan Glodell (USA)

Silver Tongues, dir Simon Arthur (USA)

Volcano (Eldfjall), dir Runar Runarsson (Iceland)

Asshole (Gandu), dir Qaushik Mukherjee (India)

Familiar Grounds (En terrains connus), dir Stephane Lafleur (Canada)

Natural Selection, dir Robbie Pickering (USA)

Sensation, dir Tom Hall (Ireland)

Submarine, dir Richard Ayoade (UK, Us)

Sidewalls (Medianeras), dir Gustavo Tarreto (Argentina)

Bullhead (Rundscop), dir Michael Roskam (Belgium)

Love, dir William Eubank (USA)

Silver Forest (Silberwald), dir Christine Repond (Switzerland)

On the Ice, »

- NewsDesk

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BFI London Film Festival 2011. Lineup Announced

8 September 2011 7:08 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The BFI London Film Festival revealed the lineup for its 55th edition today, a total of 204 feature films and 110 shorts screening between October 12 and 27: "In addition to our previously announced opening and closing night films, Fernando Meirelles's 360 and Terence Davies's The Deep Blue Sea, Gala highlights include George Clooney's The Ides of March, Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. This year's Archive Gala title is the BFI National Archive's restoration of Miles Mander's The First Born with a new score by Stephen Horne."

Nine strands make up the festival: Galas & Special Screenings, Films on the Square (sample highlight: Bruno Dumont's Outside Satan), New British Cinema (Simon Pummell's Shock Head Soul), French Revolutions (Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's Nobody Else But You), Cinema Europa (Rúnar Rúnarsson's Volcano), World Cinema (Sivaroj Kongsakul's Eternity), Experimenta (featuring, »

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55th London Film Festival Programme

7 September 2011 12:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The programme for the 55th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, celebrates the imagination and excellence of international filmmaking from both established and emerging talent.  Over 16 days the Festival will screen a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres . There will also be screenings of 110 live action and animated shorts. Many of the films will be presented by their directors, cast members and crew, some of whom will also take part in career interviews, masterclasses, and other special events. The 55th BFI London Film Festival will run from 12-27 October.

Special Screenings

Opening the festival is Fernando Meirelles’ 360, written by Peter Morgan, and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz. Weisz is also the star of Terence Davies’ closing night film, The Deep Blue Sea, alongside a cast which includes Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston. »

- John

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55th BFI London Film Festival Programme Announced

7 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

From the 12th to the 27th of October the 55th BFI London Film Festival brings its annual box of delights to the capital. Earlier today the full programme was announced, and it look like being another fine year.

We already know that Fernando Meirelles’ latest 360 will open proceedings on the 12th and fifteen days later Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea will bring the festival to a close but there are many more great films to come and see in London this October.

There was a familiar feeling creeping across the audience this morning that a lot of the films had, like last year, already played elsewhere but this is only a small consideration when you consider the scope of the festival’s remit. To bring a vital, fresh and horizon-expanding series of features, shorts and documentaries is no easy task, and while the more well known films have played »

- Jon Lyus

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Full Line-Up For The 55th BFI London Film Festival Revealed

7 September 2011 4:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I have just literally walked out of a special launch event for the 55th BFI London Film Festival, held this morning at the massive Odeon cinemas in London’s Leicester Square. This year’s festival runs from 12th October until the 27th October and we’re especially excited because this is the very first year that The Hollywood News will have properly covered the whole event, despite the many years that we have been online.

This morning’s launch event was introduced by BFI Chief Executve Amanda Nevill and Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, who actually bows out of the role after this year. Following the introductions the capacity auditorium, made up of fellow journalists, actors, actresses, filmmakers and other industry folk, we were treated to a 30 minute reel showcasing 36 of the 300 films and short films playing at the festival, which is once again sponsored primarily by American Express. We already »

- Paul Heath

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BFI London Film Festival Full Line-Up Announced

7 September 2011 3:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Artistic director Sandra Hebron has announced the line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival this morning where they will screen “a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres” plus “110 live action and animated shorts”.

We are already knew Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s erotic drama play 360 written by Peter Morgan and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz would open the festival and that The Deep Blue Sea, which incidentally is another adaptation of a play (Terence Rattigan’s) and also stars Rachel Weisz, will close it. Of Time and City’s Terrence Davies directed that movie which also stars Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale.

Now we know the in-between stuff from the Gala & Special Screenings and there’s a wide selection of extremely interesting films;

George Clooney is bringing his political thriller The Ides of March that »

- Matt Holmes

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Toronto 2011. Discovery Lineup

24 August 2011 2:19 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has lined up 25 features for its Discovery program. All the descriptions that follow are from the festival. Additional notes and more are on the way.

Pablo Giorgelli's Las Acacias. A truck driver has been charged with transporting a woman on the long journey from Paraguay's border to the city of Buenos Aires. He is totally unprepared for the extra passenger that will accompany them, the woman's infant daughter Jacinta, whose penetrating gaze eventually disarms his gruff exterior. Subtle and poignant, Giorgelli's 2011 Camera D'Or winner is a movingly beautiful road movie highlighted by stunning performances. (See the Cannes roundup.)

 

Tomás Lunák's Alois Nebel. Stories from the past and present converge at a small railway in Billy Potok, a tiny village on the Czech-Polish border. The local dispatcher, Alois Nebel, is a loner who prefers old timetables to people and has hallucinations of trains passing »

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